Malleolus translates from Latin to majuelo, which is a local Pesquera del Duero term for a small vineyard. This wine is made from 100% Tinto Fino from small plots which range from 25-75 years of age. The wine undergoes alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel before being transferred to new Allier French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and 18 months of aging.
Wine Enthusiast – “This pure, bullish, smoky Tinto Fino is full of charred blackberry, cassis and licorice aromas. The palate is massive but superbly balanced. Flavors of mocha, black coffee, bitter chocolate, toast, blackberry and cassis finish with power and precision. Drink 2017–2025.” (94 Pts)
The Wine Advocate – “2011 was a warm and ripe vintage, and the Moro brothers are very happy with their wines; they consider the vintage their best in the decade. The 2011 Malleolus is sourced from their older vines, and fermented in stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts and an élevage of 18 months in French oak barriques. It has a very showy, tantalizing nose of smoked bacon, roasted coffee, grains (fried corn?), violets, dark cherries, and raspberries with plenty of spices in a very commercial mixture of oak and fruit. The palate is medium to full-bodied with some crunchy tannins over a core of ripe, juicy fruit, coming through as quite balanced and powerful, with restraint and elegance. This has to be one of the best Malleolus produced, the highlight of this line up.” (93 Pts)
James Suckling – “Lots of ink and dried fruits on the nose. Full body, chewy tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Rich and layered yet not overdone. Drink or hold.” (93 Pts)
Vinous / Antonio Galloni – “Bright violet color. Deep, smoke-accented aromas of candied black and blue fruits, spicecake and violet, along with a vibrant mineral overtone. Fleshy, deep blackberry and boysenberry flavors are enlivened by peppery spice and floral qualities. Finishes very long and sweet, with a note of candied dark berries, excellent focus and harmonious tannins. From vines ranging in age from 25 to 75 years.” (92 Pts)
Wine Spectator – “This fleshy red has ripe flavors of blackberry and kirsch, backed by toast, licorice and graphite notes. The solid tannins are well-integrated, while crisp acidity keeps this fresh. Fruity and harmonious. Drink now through 2021.” (90 Pts)